Staff and children at Whittingham C of E Primary School welcomed back a past pupil to open their new multi-use games area (MUGA).
Newcastle Falcons rugby player Tom Penny went along to open the MUGAand spent time with the pupils, answering questions and taking part in rugby sessions.
The MUGA was finally installed after four years of planning.
Headteacher Belinda Athey said delays due to planning permission constraints also prevented certain finding streams being accessed.
But the pupils, staff and families set about organising fund-raising events galore which meant that enough money was raised for the MUGA build to start.
Year 5 and 6 children invited Tom to open the MUGA, after learning about the careers of various past pupils.